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General Discussion / Re: passport/CAN/US
« on: February 11, 2009, 07:09:40 pm »
The simplest thing to do is get a regular passport.  They are good for travel anywhere.

General Discussion / Re: April too early? (Westbound TA)
« on: January 31, 2009, 01:48:49 pm »
Don't ignore the weather in the East that time of year either.  The TransAm goes through western VA and the higher elevations in Kentucky and parts of Southern IL.  All of these areas can be cold, rainy, snowy or all three in April. 

I've ridden many TOSRV's in southern Ohio in early to mid May and temperatures in the 40's with a steady rain have been frequent conditions.   The TransAm goes through areas that are higher and more likely to have bad Spring weather.

Gear Talk / Re: Drivetrain questions
« on: January 26, 2009, 07:51:39 am »
Easiest and cheapest change is to replace the 28T chainring with a 24T.  It's a bigger % change than going from a 32 to a 34T rear cog and much less expensive than changing the cassette.

Are you sure you don't already have a long cage rear derailleur?  Almost all bikes with triple cranks come with them and your current gearing would be very limited if your rear derailleur is now a short cage.

The most common brand of white gas here is "Coleman" and nearly any shop that carries any outdoor gear has it inclusing Wal-Mart, Sports Authority, Dicks, etc. etc.  The problem is in comes in gallon cans (about 4L) so you will have a lot to carry or a lot to discard.

I'm not sure about which MSR stove you have but many of them will burn unleaded automotive gasoline (petrol) too and it's available at any "gas station".  Find someone who is filling their car and ask to fill your fuel bottle.  They may even not ask you to pay for the 1L or so you get.  

Depending on what you intend to do with the new bike, you may be in the wrong forum for advice. 

This is a touring group and most of the expertese is concerned with multi-day supported or fully self-contained tours, not MTB day riding.   

General Discussion / Re: Maui???
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:33:16 am »
I assume there is a Hawaii Visitors Bureau or Tourist Bureau web site that should provide information on nearly all aspects of the islands, including biking possibilities. 

Urban Cycling / Re: Ethics of SUVs and other Urban Cycling issues
« on: January 09, 2009, 09:55:03 pm »
In my travels I have been to many cities even more dependent on the private car than New York, which has a well established and heavily used public transportation system.  Never the less, I have also found New Yorkers almost uniquely arrogant and hostile to and impatient with each other and strangers.  It more than the private car at work here. 

General Discussion / Re: Biking from the West Coast in May: too early?
« on: January 09, 2009, 06:29:32 pm »
I can't comment about the Cascades but I've driven over Colorado Rockies passes in early June and the snow banks were still 10 feet high at the sides of the road.  May in the Cascades could be nearly impassible.

Cycling Events / Etape du Tour
« on: November 28, 2007, 12:39:33 pm »
I'm getting the impression that advertisements are beginning to take over this forum.  This is the second topic I've seen today that's obviously commercial.

Moderators, are these postings considered acceptable?

Urban Cycling / what bike do you use for pure urban ridin'?
« on: January 08, 2007, 12:10:30 pm »
My errand/rain bike is an '83 Trek 400, lugged steel frame and fork with a mix of parts-box components.  The drive train is a SR triple crank, and Shimano low-line derailleurs with 7-speed indexing downtube shifters mounted on Kelly Take-Offs. Most of the benefits of STI/Ergo at a small fraction of the cost.  It has fenders and a rack and weighs a ton.

Where I live (suburban Pittsburgh) a fixie or single speed isn't suitable for all but a very few relatively flat areas.  

Urban Cycling / top bicycle-friendly cities and towns
« on: December 27, 2006, 04:36:13 pm »
???  Wide right/curb/outside lanes are a different thing from the mispositioned striped-off bike lanes you seem to be describing.

True but what I described is much more common that the bike lanes you desire.  You ask for well designed bike lanes but get terrible ones and the local officials then gloat about their great attention to the "needs" of bicyclists.  

There is a downside to the wide, curb side bike lanes you want too.  Cars from the auto travel lane that are turning right at an intersection cut across them and bicyclists that are going straight are too often overlooked.  Also, cars pulling out from a side street or driveway will often pull out into the bike lane to see what auto traffic is coming.  It's the same hazard riding on sidewalks pose.  

Urban Cycling / top bicycle-friendly cities and towns
« on: December 23, 2006, 11:18:32 am »
....give me restriped thoroughfares to create wide right lanes,...

Be careful what you wish for.  Chicago has done just that and the results couldn't be more dangerous and less bike friendly if they set out to make them that way.  

The "bike lanes" in Chicago are striped dedicated lanes outside of the parking lane and inside of the auto travel lane.  Do you see the problem?  Every parked car pulls across the bike lane either while parking or while coming out of the parking space.  Drivers open their doors directly into the bike lane.  None of them ever looks for bicyclists.  

As i said above, be careful what you wish for.

This message was edited by DaveB on 12-23-06 @ 7:19 AM

Urban Cycling / top bicycle-friendly cities and towns
« on: December 15, 2006, 01:39:54 pm »
..being on dedicated bike paths.

Where do you get these?  All of the "dedicated bike paths" I've ever seen are shared with walkers, runners, kids on skateboards, baby carriages, dogs on loooong leashes and, in general, users not paying the slightest attention to traffic discipline. In fact, most of them look at bicyclists as unwelcome intruders on THEIR trail.

In many ways, they are far more dangerous than road riding.

I agree that rail-trails far away from residential areas and at least one mile from major road crossings or parking areas can be nice to ride on but city trails are a horror for biking.

This message was edited by DaveB on 12-15-06 @ 9:40 AM

Classifieds / FS: 55 cm Litespeed Blue Ridge $1150
« on: March 04, 2005, 12:31:39 pm »
A couple of questions:

1. Did you change the chainrings?  The stock Ultegra triple comes with 52/42/30 rings.

2. What make cassette are you using?  Shimano's widest range 9-speed road cassette is 12x27.  Who makes a 12x28?

Gear Talk / Converting a Bianchi Bergamo
« on: January 05, 2009, 11:02:10 am »
See the replies to your same posting in "General Discussion"

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